The Poppy Tee is worked from the top down. First the top part of the back yoke is worked with increases, then the shoulders are worked from stitches that are picked up and knitted along the slanting sides at the back yoke. Stitches are then picked up and knitted along the sides of the shoulders and the rest of the yoke is worked together on the circular needle, first back and forth and then in the round. The body is worked in the round on a circular needle, and the sleeves are worked in the round on double-pointed needles or on a circular needle using the Magic Loop technique. At the end a folded neck edge with built in double knitting is worked.
Begin by working a swatch to determine which needle size you need to achieve the correct gauge. Wash and block the swatch before taking any measurements. Be aware that if you are knitting in the recommended yarn, the knitted fabric can grow when washed – this is the reason it is important that you wash your swatch before measuring your gauge.
The Poppy Tee is designed to have approx. 5 cm 2 inches of positive ease, meaning it is designed to be approx. 5 cm 2 inches larger in circumference than your bust measurement. The sizes XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL) 3XL (4XL) 5XL are designed to fit a bust circumference of 80-85 (85-90) 90-95 (95-100) 100-110 (110-120) 120-130 (130-140) 140-150 cm [31½-33½ (33½-35½) 35½-37½ (37½-39½) 39½-43¼ (43¼-47¼) 47¼-51¼ (51¼-55) 55-59 inches]. The measurements for the finished garment are given on the first page of the pattern. Please note that these measurements are only achieved if the correct gauge is obtained. Measure yourself before beginning your project, to determine which size will fit you the best. For example, if you measure 90 cm [35½ inches] around your bust (or around the widest part of your upper body) you should knit a size S. A size S sweater has a bust circumference of 96 cm [37¾ inches] which in the given example would give you 6 cm [2¼ inches] of positive ease.
Sizes: XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL) 3XL (4XL) 5XL
Bust circumference: 90 (96) 101 (106) 115 (125) 136 (146) 155 cm [35½ (37¾) 39¾ (41¾) 45¼ (49¼) 53½ (57½) 61 inches]
Length: 52 (54) 56 (58) 59 (60) 63 (66) 70 cm [20½ (21¼) 22 (22¾) 23¼ (23½) 24¾ (26) 27½ inches] measured mid back excl. neck edge
Gauge: 23 sts x 32 rows = 10 x 10 cm [4 x 4 inches] in stockinette stitch on 3.5 mm [US4] needles
Needles: Circular needles: 3.5 mm [US4] / 60, 80 and/or 100 cm 24, 32 and/or 40 inches and 3 mm [US2½] / 40, 80 and/or 100 cm [16, 32 and/or 40 inches]; Double-pointed needles: 3.5 mm US4 and 3 mm [US2½] (unless you use the Magic Loop technique)